Saturday, March 5, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Koolickles Kool-Aid Pickles Recipe!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Koolickles Kool-Aid Pickles
Recipe - You Made What?!

Sofrito Lovers,

Koolickles. Ever heard of them? Me neither, until I came across the Emmy Eats video posted below. Apparently, they're pickles, which have been soaked in Kool-Aid. I have no words.  I'm shocked and stunned all at the same time.

I love pickles and Kool-Aid, but the combination of the two doesn't exactly excite me. If anything, it kind of grosses me out, but I won't allow that to stop me from experiencing this Southern delicacy.  Especially, when Emmy, from Emmy Eats, makes them look so interesting and delicious.

Life is trial and error!  I can't wait to make my own bottle of Vlasic Kool-Aid Pickles-Koolickles!  I'll let you know how they taste!

Watch the video, marinate those pickles, and taste for yourself.  ¡Buen provecho!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Caldo Gallego/Spanish White Bean Soup Recipe

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Caldo Gallego/Spanish White Soup

Sofrito Lovers,

I think I've posted this a thousand time:  Winter time is soup time!  I've been on a rampage learning to cook some of my favorite soups.  The second the temperature drops I start mixing up calderos full of hot soupy goodness to counteract the chill in the air.

Caldo Gallego, or Spanish White Bean Soup, is one of my all-time favorite soups. Originally from Galicia, Spain, this soup is often served in many Cuban restaurants and occasionally in Boricua eateries as well. It's made with large white kidney beans, kale or collard greens, potatoes, and various cuts of pork.  It can also contain cabbage, turnip greens, and whatever veggies you want to add into it.

It's simple, delicious, and incredibly flavorful! I've posted the recipe I use to make Caldo Galego!  Try it, taste it, and let me know what you think ¡Buen provecho!

Caldo Gallego/Spanish White Bean Soup


1 Can of White Kidney Beans (1.13lb can)
1 cup of kale, collard or Swiss chard
2  Spanish chorizos
1 small green pepper (chopped)
1 pack of smoked bacon slab or tocino
1 tbsp of parsley or oregano
2 minced garlic cloves
2 small potatoes or 1 medium
1 bay leaf
1 slab of jamon de cocinar
1 tbsp of olive oil
1 packet of ham seasoning
Salt to taste
4-5 cups of water


Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil under medium high heat and cook
bacon/tocino and chorizo for about 3 minutes.

Add onions and peppers and cook until translucent.

Add garlic, bay leaf, oregano/parsley, and ham seasoning.
Mix and cook for 5 minutes.

Add white beans and combine.  Add 4-5 cups of water.
Taste for salt.

Add potatoes and cover and cook for 20 minutes on
Medium high heat.

5 minutes before the done time, add the kale/collard/swiss chard.
Cook for five minutes.

Serve with white rice or toasted bread.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Top 11 (Real) Restaurants Seen In A Movie!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
The Top 11 (Real) Restaurants Seen In A Movie!

Sofrito Lovers,

Many real life restaurants have been featured on TV and the Big screen! It's always cool to recognize an eatery you know on popular media. I thought the article below, from TableLog, was really informative and exciting.  It's awesome to see these restaurants and cafes receive this type of international attention!

Check out the many real life places that TV and Hollywood have made famous! It may inspire you to visit a few; I know it inspired me to.

Read it, visit them, and Buen provecho!

The Top 11 (Real) Restaurants Seen In A Movie!

 Restaurants have been appearing in movies since movies started being made. Some restaurants have been asked to give up their identity, some have been highlighted by the films they are in. And some are completely fictional, nothing more than sets built in the studios. Some restaurants from films have sadly departed us, but others are still going strong. So here’s our list of restaurants in the movies that are still going strong, despite the trials of fame and fortune.

Monday, February 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Upgrade your Kitchen and save money!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen and Save Money at a Restaurant Supply Store


Sofrito Lovers,

As a wanna be chef, I've been learning as much as I can about building and stocking a restaurant class kitchen. Being a broke mofo, there's a ton of stuff I can't buy, but having read the article I posted below from I think I know how to circumvent my poverty!

I never thought of Kitchen supply stores as resource for purchasing my dream kitchen, but now I know better. Appliances, cooking supplies, and some kitchen furniture can be purchased for next to nothing. What a clever way to by pass Target and Home Depot! Read the article I posted below! You'll never shop regular retail stores or kitchen stores again!

Read it, go shopping and get cooking! ¡Buen provecho!

How to Upgrade Your Kitchen and Save Money at a Restaurant Supply Store 

Daniel Gritzer 


[Photographs: Vicky Wasik, unless otherwise noted]

I recently emptied my entire kitchen of all its contents in preparation for a complete renovation. In the process, I managed to fill not one but two rooms with all the gear I own.* Those piles of cookware, appliances, tools, and utensils are the result of a longstanding kitchenware shopping compulsion that would be troublesome if not for the fact that it's in the service of my job. I've shopped just about everywhere to acquire all this stuff—online, retail kitchen stores, and restaurant supply depots—and I have some thoughts on which sources are best for which things.

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A Spoonful of Sofrito: How to make Old Fashioned Donuts!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Old Fashioned Donuts

Sofrito Lovers,

The world as we know it is over!  I just learned how to make old fashioned donuts and I plan on gorging myself to death on homemade delicious donuts!

I know that sounds extreme, but come on!  This video tutorial is so easy to follow and the donuts look amazing!  Thank you Tasty Recipes Cooking for posting this brilliant tutorial!

I plan on making a few dozen for myself; maybe a few to sell.  Does "Krispy Bennies" sound good?  Or is it, "Donut Bennies?"  I'll let you know when I open up my donut shop...if I survive the donut onslaught I plan on frying up.

Watch it, make it, eat it and Buen provecho!